Description

For the most part, 95% of this was moved over from a previous build. I just wanted to do something new without building a whole new rig, as this still handles my daily tasks quite fine.

First, let's start with the NEW parts CASE: I wanted something new. Something with a window. Perhaps something with a basement. As long as it wasn't an NZXT H440. They were everywhere. I loved the lines and angular styling of the Phateks Evolv, but it was a little too rich for my blood. I couldn't find the Evolv Acrylic anyway. So I settled for the Enthoo Pro M Acrylic instead. Full review? Maybe soon. There's A LOT I can speak about.

ACCESSORIES: The BitFenix Alchemy Cable Extension Set was actually the one bit that held this case swap up. Maybe I just wasn't looking hard enough. But I couldn't find extensions that fit the bill. Luckily, I found performance-pcs.com and had a set that fit my needs. Not only did it have the color combination I needed, but it also had just the cables I needed.

Now, on to what was brought over from the ever evolving previous build.

CPU: My previous build actually used an FX 6300. But I jumped on a deal I saw on Reddit for the FX 8350 and an Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 bundled at $120. You may be asking, "why didn't you use the Asus board as well?" At the moment, laziness. I didn't want to deal with moving my windows key from one mobo to another.

MOBO: This was is actually handling the FX 8350 quite well. They've been playing nice at stock voltages sitting at 4.5ghz. I have yet to test and see how far they will go.

CPU COOLER: This was another Reddit special. It was a BNIB item given to the seller through an RMA process.

MEMORY: I purchased the blue set for my S.O. for her build. But she delayed it for Skylake. I shall not let it go to waste.

STORAGE: The Samsung ssd was a donor from my laptop when I upgraded to a larger ssd. The Kingston ssd (even with its bad reputation) I got during a deep sale. So I figured, why not? The WD Blue was added for more storage for content creation.

GPU: A great find and a great performer. This component was really what set the ball rolling on the color theme.

PSU: It was on sale at the time.

As you can see, the description of each line item got shorter and shorter as you go on. So I won't bore you any longer. Pictures!

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Very good looking build. I was holding in the drooling the entire time.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really do appreciate that. I've been itching to build something lately. It's not quite car tinkering season yet, so I looked at something that was within arm's reach. Not quite a build per se. But putting something back together still counts.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Computer nudity? That's a beautiful case. +1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be late to the open air/wall mounted cpu train. But for now, this will do :-D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, you got to snag the acrylic version. I bought mine a week before the Acrylic was announced so I messaged customer support and they told me no upgrade kit would be releases :( doesn't matter tho I'm moving into a much bigger and flashier case soon (a desk, so excited)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Even after clicking "purchase" I was very hesitant about liking this case. It wasn't until I really took the time after reassembly that it finally made smile.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I was really hesitant too but then I started building in it and it was glorious, I was very happy with my purchase (until the acrylic version was announced );

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I need to get a good camera. Great pics!

What did camera did you use to take these pics?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's all in the glass. I have a Nikon D90 and used my 50mm 1.4D lens. They both need to get sent out soon for service.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really nice looking build! I'm curious about that telescope though: Is that a Celestron?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct sir! I haven't had much time with it yet though.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! It makes me want to get one. :-p

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing, some cable combs would make it even better looking

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think in the excitement of ordering the cable extensions, I totally forgot the cable combs. So they are on the way. I ordered a clear set and a black set just to see which one I'd like more. Might have been overkill. But I think I can forego a meal or two for it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The sacrifice is worth it

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Only 4.5GHz? You have a pretty high end cooler and a nice GIGABYTE mobo and that's all you do. I have a low end air cooler and probably the worst motherboard in existence and I have my 8350 at 4.6GHz.

We both run a 280x from Sapphire, the SSDNow, 16gb of Kingston RAM, an 8350, and a 750w PSU. Pretty similar.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had time to see how far it can go yet. I set it at 4.5ghz as a starting point and left it for a day I can dedicate to it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this case. I'm thinking about grabbing one for my next custom loop. Looks slick and has some nice features...

Quality build man.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would highly reccomend it

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Custom loops is the next thing to dive into.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh man a custom loop would look amazing in this case! And just a little warning for ya, as I've recently figured this out, custom loops are addicting haha! GL :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, clean and tidy :). ↑

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll admit, having an ssd sit in the front mount with that window panel would look incredibly nice. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

because of this, I've just spent more time that I should have looking for an ssd to go with the overall color theme. If not, then I'll see what I can mount on those front drive holder nubs to give it some more personality.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, didn't mean to make you second guess it. I'd say Samsung 850 Evo is your best bet. Pretty much all black with a tinge of silver, just like your cpu cooler and mobo. The 840 would be a little out of place.

If you don't mount an ssd, can those little mounts be taken off entirely? I'd maybe suggest putting some case badges on there to cover up the holes.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No no, you didn't make me second guess myself. I was already in the market to replace the OS ssd and donate it to my girlfriend's upcoming build. Granted, the Kingston V300 doesn't have the greatest reputation. But I haven't had a problem with it.

The mounts can be taken off though, which is nice. At least that gives me the flexibility in the future of mounting something custom there. It'll be a long term work in progress. It's definitely not her final form.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

It's definitely not her final form.

It never is :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, clean build. (Kyle@Awesomesauce Network would tell you that the label needs to come off the power supply, but I think blacking out the EVGA logo is enough.) Question: which SSD is the OS on?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

During assembly, I did think about Kyle and that label.

The OS is currently on the Kingston SSD. I know I'm playing roulette with that one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Case buddies! :D Great build, very clean. Love the sleeved cables. Btw. NZXT Hue + looks AMAZING in that case

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lighting is my next dilemma. The nature of the acrylic panel really doesn't give a lighting strip much room to be hidden.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful build!

I plan to use the same cpu cooler. Do you use it to pull hot air out or to pull cold air in?

Cheers!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

The cooler is set as the exhaust hot air out of the case.

This reminds me, I have to update some of these pictures.